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Vets PTSD Benefits
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Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) Scale (DSM - IV Axis V)
Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-02
Agent Orange Web Site
VA Home Page
Veterans' Disability Compensation Injustice
Application for The Presidential Memorial Certificate
Vets Out Reach
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Associated Press
August 01, 2002
WASHINGTON-Veterans hospitals and clinics have been ordered to halt
efforts aimed at recruiting new veterans into the health care system
because of a budget crunch, a move that drew some sharp criticism.
"I am directing each network director to ensure that no marketing
activities to enroll new veterans occur within your networks," Laura
Miller, a Department of Veterans Affairs undersecretary, wrote in a July
18 memo to the VA's 23 health network directors.
Word of the directive prompted Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., a Vietnam
veteran, to call for Miller's removal. In a letter Wednesday, he also
asked President Bush to direct the agency to overturn the anti-outreach
Citing a tight budget and overwhelming demand, Miller said in her memo
that marketing health care services with health fairs, open houses or
enrollment displays was "inappropriate." Other prohibited activities
include "generalized mailings to veterans, local newspaper or newsletter
articles encouraging veterans to enroll or similar public service
announcements," Miller said.
Veteran Affairs spokesman Phil Budahn said veterans seeking emergency
care wouldn't be turned away. In many parts of the country, veterans
have to wait months for a routine checkup or for care for a chronic
condition. Because of that, "We just decided it was unfair to
aggressively try and recruit people just to have them come wait in a
line for months," Budahn said.
The crunch stems in part from a law passed by Congress in 1996 that
opened VA medical facilities to nearly all veterans-not just the very
poor and those with service-related disabilities. Congress last week
approved an additional $417 million for VA health care in the current
budget year, which ends Sept. 30.

WASHINGTON-Legislation introduced in the House of Representatives by House
Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Christopher Smith (R-N.J.) is a bold
step toward providing dependable, stable, and sustained funding for veterans
health care, according to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

The Veterans Health Care Funding Guarantee Act of 2002 (H.R. 5250) calls for
a fundamental change in the way government funding is provided for the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical care system. "This shift in VA
health care funding from a discretionary to a mandatory program would
guarantee adequate resources to care for sick and disabled veterans," said
DAV National Commander George H. Steese, Jr.

Ask your local Congressmen and Senators to support this bill and if possible
sign on as co-sponsors.


Presidential Memorial Certificate for Deceased American Veterans

Every American family that has a deceased member who served in the military
should apply to the White House for a Memorial Certificate.
Regardless of when a veteran served or cause of death every family is
entitled to receive a Memorial Certificate from the President of the United
If any deceased member(s) of your family served in the military please
travel to this website for information on applying. Future generations of
your family will appreciate you making the time to obtain this family
heirloom... your only cost is a few moments of your time and the price of a
first-class stamp.

VA Agent Orange Claims Retroactive:  A federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled that Vietnam vets who contacted prostrate cancer and diabetes related to Agent Orange exposure should receive retroactive disability benefits dated to the time they first filed a claim with the VA.  The ruling of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sets a legal precedent
that could extend to a wide range of illnesses associated with
herbicides.  The appeals court decision let stand a lower court
ruling that held the VA incorrectly interpreted regulations to deny r
etroactive payments to vets who filed claims after early 1994.
      A DEC 1999 U.S. District Court ruling held that all Vietnam veteran prostrate cancer claimants and  their survivors are entitled to retroactive benefits to the date of their first filing of their claim for service connection or survivor's benefits (as long as the prostrate claim was not final before 25 SEP 1985). Also upheld by the appeals court was a provision in a 2000 ruling by U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson, ordering the VA to provide retroactive payments to the estates of veterans who died before the VA paid the money they were owed.  In addition to the prostrate cancer, the appeals ruling also affects veterans who filed for adult-onset, or Type
2, diabetes which was added to the list in 2000.  The VA still has the right to further appeal this decision. [Source: DAV Magazine May/JUN 2002]

Pharmacy  Discount:  The American Veterans [AMVET] organization provides a free prescription discount card to its members.  The card entitles members up to a 40% discount for all family member's prescription drugs at participating pharmacies.  Most national chain pharmacies will honor this
card.  You can call [888]-868-5854 to confirm if your local pharmacy will also honor it.  The service is offered through MemberHealth, Inc. (MHI) who administers the operation of packaged health benefit discount programs.  To determine the average price of a drug you can check their product guide at
www.mhrx.xom by either brand or generic name to determine if their price is cheaper than you are currently paying.  The saving for the medications listed are as printed, but there is no guaranteed percentage savings on every prescription purchase.  The price you pay depends on the participating pharmacy and the type of drug you require. It is possible that the medication you require is already priced by your pharmacy at a very competitive price.  If that is the case MHI cannot discount an
existing low or promotional price.  If you are not currently
receiving medications through Tricare or the VA this may be a way to save a few dollars. This article should not be considered an endorsement of this program, but only informational in nature. There may be other drug discount
programs of this type available to vets that the RAO is not aware of so you may want to shop around. [Source: Amvets Post 96 &]